Development of a robust armoured RNA standard for the rapid clinical diagnosis of COVID-19

COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel SARS corona virus, has been a global threat for months now. The pandemic has crippled global healthcare sectors and economies. Early, rapid, and accurate detection of the contagion is critical for isolating infected patients to prevent further community spread. Currently, most communities in Canada suffer from insufficient testing capabilities, and as the need for testing increases, the added volume will produce a proportional amount of unreliable results.

COVID19 viral genome sequence analysis to track viral transmission, to understand evolution of viral genome, to develop novel diagnostic tools as well as to identify novel therapeutic targets

A comprehensive genomic study for the virus SAR-Cov-2 itself and COVID-19 patient samples will be studies analyzed to understand the nature of the virus developments, and to find genomic biomarkers that helps in diagnosing and the treatment of the disease. We will try to understand the molecular network of the virus in the body and investigate the role of the coexisting agents as well in the patient samples. The bioinformatics tools and wet-lab experiments will help us to create a pipeline to react to any similar future epidemic/pandemic.

Remote Monitoring of Production Operations During COVID-19 using a Smart Gateway Device

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, social distancing became the most effective approach to guarantee safety. In manufacturing operations this has been achieved through a work from home policy for non-essential personnel and staggered shift operations for essential personnel. However, it is near impossible to track essential personnel compliance to social distancing as well as optimize production operations manually due to the COVID-19 safety restrictions. Therefore, automated computer-vision-based alternatives have attracted interest for such applications.

Optimal Non-glare zone Width of Adaptive Driving Beam Based on Different Driving Scenarios and ADB Design Improvement recommendation

Adaptive driving beam (ADB) is an advance vehicle forward lighting system that automatically adapts its beam patterns to create a non-glare zone around oncoming and preceding vehicles. The purpose of ADB system is to produce good long-range visibility for driver without causing discomfort glare to other road users. The non-glare zone of current ADB system is solely based of the width of oncoming or preceding vehicle that are detected by camera. However, the optimal width of ADB non-glare zone should be different for different driving scenario.

Validating a new lateral flow assay for COVID-19

The rapid spread of COVID-19, associated with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), is of tremendous global concern. There is an urgent need to expand the current diagnosis capacity and to develop effective home-usable tests, and simple ones that can be used at the primary point-of-care. Ideally, the test will be simple enough that it could be performed by untrained personnel, yet also optimized to eliminate potential misuse and inaccurate measurements.

Two-Stage Anaerobic Digestion of Source-Separated Organics and Municipal Sludges to Produce Renewable Bioenergy

A significant fraction of wet organic waste streams within typical municipalities include food wastes (collected by many as source separated organics), and sludges or biosolids. In Canada, such wastes are mostly going to landfill or being land applied to recover some nutrient value. Anaerobic digestion (AD) for disposal of organic waste is an attractive option to recover renewable bioenergy (as methane or hydrogen), with additional environmental benefits from preventing such wastes from going to the landfill.

Developing a Multiphysics FEA Model of an Inductive Conductivity Sensor

The CTD is a rosette structure which is circular in shape and houses a number of elements. These elements include sensors, water sample bottles, ropes and cables to support the CTD structure. The sensors included in the CTD are not limited to conductivity, temperature and depth, but also include sensors to determine other physical properties. In this research, a model of the CTD sensor designed by RBR will be developed for the purpose of measuring conductivity and determine the nature of the water sample by calculating indirect parameters associated with it.

“Transit Gender Sunshine List”: Assessment of Representation of Women as CEOs and Directors of Canadian Transit Systems

CUTRIC, in partnership with the University of Windsor are seeking greater understanding of the barriers to participation which have resulted in the low representation of women within the leadership ranks of Canadian transit systems. To better understand this lack of representation, a literature review will be conducted to ascertain what knowledge exists in this field and will be used to provide a foundation for the next steps of the research.

Exploratory pharmacokinetic and preliminary efficacy modelling of select orally administered antiviral compounds following DehydraTECH formulation enhancement

Researchers around the world are racing to find treatment solutions to combat COVID-19, the disease cause by infection of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). The use of antiretroviral therapy has recently shown preliminary promise. However, a barrier relates to bioavailability challenges, i.e., poor uptake, of these drugs. Poor bioavailability limits drug utility which could be paramount in combating rapid health declines in COVID-19.

Design and Development of COVID-19 Automated UV Object Disinfection Cabinet

Highly infectious COVID-19 has had widespread effects on Canadian and global health, security, and economy. While vaccines play a key role in preventing viral diseases, various measures should be taken to slow their spread. Among preventative measures, disinfection systems are of paramount importance to battle COVID-19.